November 20  "Patriotic Dissent or Treason in the Green Mountains: Vermonters and the War of 1812"

2 p.m. in the Founders Tavern

Given debates over the last decade about the appropriate role and scope of dissent during wartime, Dr. Brucken will analyze similarities and differences with a conflict from the distant past. The War of 1812 featured a fractured public, charges of treason and imperial glory, laws to muzzle dissent, and constitutional challenges. Republican Vermonters were at the forefront of anti-war speech and actions, thereby creating a deep conflict with the Federalist administration of President John Adams.

 Dr. Rowland Brucken is a Professor of History at Norwich University. A historian of international human rights law, he has published and given conference papers on the intersection between human rights, domestic politics, and American foreign policy. He teaches courses on genocide, civil rights, the Cold War, the 1960s, and baseball history. 



December 11 "Hamilton: The Man and The Music"

2 p.m. in the Founders Tavern

 From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton’s life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score."